Loyola Jazz Festival features concert with famed jazz musician Victor Goines
Loyola press release - March 10, 2014
Loyola University New Orleans alumnus Victor Goines ’84, world-renowned clarinetist, saxophonist, educator and one of the most respected jazz musicians today, will perform Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. with the Loyola Jazz Band at the 45th annual Loyola Jazz Festival.
The concert with Goines will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on the university’s main campus. Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $5 for Loyola students, faculty and staff. For tickets and information, visit the Montage website or call 504-865-2074. A complimentary wine and cheese reception, set for 3:30 p.m. and hosted by the Loyola Alumni Association, will precede the concert in the Roussel Hall lobby. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, which is accessible from St. Charles Avenue.
While Goines is headlining the main stage concert Saturday, the two-day festival actually begins Friday, March 14 and represents the only such educational jazz music festival in the region that offers high-caliber adjudication, masterclasses and famous guest artists like Goines in one package. More than 30 high school jazz groups will perform and attend masterclasses during the festival. A full festival schedule is available online.
“It is the best attended festival in the region for those reasons. All participants are able to learn from their clinics and masterclasses, and attend professional-level jazz performances. Loyola students get to work with a guest artist of international reputation and assist in the running of a major festival,” said John Mahoney, coordinator of Jazz Studies at Loyola.
Goines and Loyola faculty members will teach the free hour-long masterclasses during the festival. Goines will hold a saxophone masterclass Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall, while Loyola faculty will host trumpet, trombone and rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) masterclasses in various other rooms. The masterclasses are also offered Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Also part of the festival, the Loyola Faculty Jazz Ensemble presents a free and public performance at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 in Roussel Hall. Offering an insider’s look into the world of jazz music, often several of the adjudicators and the guest artist will sit in towards the end of this performance for a short jam session.
“I’ve had many students who come back as teachers who remember the Loyola Jazz Fest when they were students—this is our 45th year,” Mahoney said. “Many students decide to study at Loyola partially because of their Jazz Fest experience, and their chance to meet and hear our faculty and students, and see our facilities.”
Loyola is grateful to the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation for its dedication to service in the community and ongoing support of the university's educational outreach programs as part of the annual Loyola Jazz Festival.
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